Silk Route Spotlight: Apples of Almaty, and 7 More Things I Love About This Kazakh Town

Silk Route Spotlight: Apples of Almaty, and 7 More Things I Love About This Kazakh Town

Former capital of Kazakhstan, Almaty is now the "capital of apples," a city of history, business, culture, and stunning natural beauty. It's also in the running for the 2022 Olympic Winter Games. Read More


Silk Route Spotlight: Samarkand, Crossroads of Cultures

Silk Route Spotlight: Samarkand, Crossroads of Cultures

If ever there were a crossroads of cultures, it is the melting pot of Samarkand. Over there—China—and over there—the West, the Mediterranean. And here, Samarkand: center of spices, silk, religions, cultures, and conquerors. This Silk Road oasis in Central Asia’s Uzbekistan is so cherished by the world that it’s designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. Read More